Ninshant Shah on D:coding Digital Natives (Feb 26)

We are very happy that Nishant Shah will visit HUMlab this coming week. I have met Nishant in a few different contexts, and it has always been a pleasure to hear him talk about digital technology, India, infrastructure and the situation of higher education and the humanities. Read more about Nishant Shah at the DML Central.

There will be a seminar on Tuesday:

[February 26, 1:15 pm]
D:coding Digital Natives
Nishant Shah, The Center for Internet and Society, Bangalore

Everyone welcome! The seminar will also be live streamed at and later archived at

Abstract: The discourse around youth-technology-change – digital natives, if you will – has been shaped by self explanatory buzzwords like participation, collaboration, mobilization etc. These words seem to hold a promise of revolutions and change without actually acknowledging material practices or complex relationships that young people have with technologies and visions of change. Trying to decode these words through case-studies from the Global South, this talk hopes to offer new frameworks through which digital natives can be studied and understood in emerging ICT contexts.

Bio: Nishant Shah is the co-founder and director of research at the Bangalore-based research organization Centre for Internet and Society. He studies questions of governance, identity, planning and body at the intersections of digital technologies, law and everyday cultural practice.

He is a visiting researcher at the Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University, Germany, and an International Knowledge Partner on ‘Youth, Technology and Change’ with Hivos, Netherlands. He recently co-edited the four-volume book series “Digital AlterNatives with a Cause?” that captures discourse, practice and policy as it shapes and is shaped by youth driven, everyday practices of digital technologies and is currently working on looking at civic action in networked societies.

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